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Vuk Jeremic

President, Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), Serbia

Vuk Jeremic is the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), an international think tank based in Belgrade and New York. In June 2012, he was directly elected by the majority of world nations to the post of President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. During his term, he played a leading role in steering the UN towards the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and facilitated the adoption of the breakthrough Arms Trade Treaty. Jeremic served as Serbia’s Foreign Minister from 2007 to 2012. In 2007, he chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, and from 2011 to 2012, he led Serbia’s successful campaign to preside over the OSCE in 2015. Jeremic was elected President of the Serbian Tennis Federation in 2011 and appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.

Lars Jannick Johansen

Founder and Managing Partner, Den Sociale Kapitalfond, Denmark

MA in Political Science, University of Copenhagen; MA in Central and East European Studies, UCL; Executive education from Wharton Business School, Saïd Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Former: Director, Monday Morning; Development Director, INDEX:. Founder, Managing Partner and Board Member, Den Sociale Kapitalfond, a Scandinavian impact investment group. Member of Advisory Boards, Fine Acts; others. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013). Expert in impact investing, inclusive growth, Scandinavian welfare models. Basketball fan and increasingly old boys player.

Mohit Joshi

President, Infosys, United Kingdom

Mohit Joshi is a President of the company. He is responsible for the Financial Services & Healthcare/Life Sciences businesses at Infosys. In addition, as Chairman of Edgeverve Systems Ltd, he leads our software business which includes Finacle, our Global banking platform. He leads Sales Operations and Effectiveness for Infosys and has executive responsibility for Large deals across the firm.

Mohit joined Infosys in 2000 and has since worked in different capacities for the firm. In his previous role, he was responsible for leading the Financial Services business in Europe. In 2007, Mohit was appointed as CEO of Infosys Mexico and was instrumental in setting up the first subsidiary in Latin America.

He is also a Non-Executive Director at Aviva Plc. He is a member of the Risk & Governance and Nomination committees.

Mohit was also invited to join the Global Young Leader program at the World Economic Forum in 2014. He is the Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Board of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).

Mohit has previously worked with ABN AMRO and ANZ Grindlays in their Corporate and Investment bank. He holds a M.B.A from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Nik Kafka

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Teach a Man to Fish, United Kingdom

Nik Kafka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach a Man to Fish, a non-profit organization supporting schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish profit-making enterprises. Its education and enterprise programs have benefitted almost 500,000 young people across more than 100 countries, principally through the School Enterprise Challenge awards program. Prior, Kafka had a successful banking career in London before moving to Paraguay to work for a local microfinance institution. In 2022, he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize for exceptional humanitarians under 50. Kafka holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MA in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.

Shira Kaplan

Founder, Cyverse, Switzerland

Shira Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which delivers innovative, hands-on Israeli cyber-security solutions to global and local corporations. Shira’s technological training dates back to her military service in the Israeli 8200 Elite Technology Unit of the Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber Analyst. She held business management positions at publicly-traded companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Bank Julius Baer & Co. in Zurich (SIX: BAER). Shira is an alumna of Harvard University (B.A.), where she studied Government and Chinese, and was a Shelby Davis Scholar. She holds an MBA from St. Gallen HSG University in Switzerland, where she was awarded the “Women in Business” Scholarship. Shira has won several other awards, including the “Seeds of Peace” scholarship, the Goldman fellowship and the Milken Fellowship. She has been featured in the Financial Times, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Bilanz, PwC CEO Magazine and other newspapers. She is mother of 3 Montessori children, and resides by the Lake of Zurich.

Freshta Karim

Founding Director, Charmaghz Cultural and Services Organization, United Kingdom

Freshta Karim is the Founder and Director of Charmaghz, a Kabul-based Afghan NGO dedicated to promoting critical thinking among children through providing resources and space on buses turned into mobile libraries. Prior, she worked at different UN agencies and international organizations and in the President's Office of Afghanistan. Karim studied political science at Panjab University, India, and completed an MA in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.

Dennis Karpes

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Justdiggit Foundation, Netherlands

Dennis Karpes is the Founder of Dance4Life, a dynamic international movement that inspires, mobilizes and unites young people to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS through educational projects and dance events. Dance4Life has become an internationally recognized organization that is active in more than 30 countries worldwide. Karpes' strength is to develop and realize creative concepts and market these to the public. Besides Dance4Life, one of these concepts is Kuyichi, a sustainable international jeans brand, which he co-initiated as Marketing Director. Currently, Karpes is also Co-Founder and Director of the Naga Foundation, which aims to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of today: pushing back desertification. The Naga Foundation transforms desertified land into fertile land by restoring the water absorption capacity and soil stability to enable sustainable agriculture and improve biodiversity while benefiting rural livelihoods.

Neema Kaseje

Surgeon, Médecins Sans Frontières, Switzerland

Dr Neema Kaseje: ​is a pediatric surgeon and public health specialist. She is an expert in building pediatric surgical care delivery with previous experience in Kenya, Haiti, Congo, CAR, and Liberia. In Haiti, she served as the only pediatric surgeon in the public sector and scaled up pediatric surgical care delivery in the region through the training of junior doctors. As a result, her team was able to double the number of children accessing life saving pediatric surgical care. Similarly in Liberia, she was part of the first cohort of surgeons stationed to the first pediatric surgical program by a humanitarian organization such as Doctors Without Borders. Once again, she emphasized training and the setting of minimum standards and protocols as the foundation for improving access to pediatric surgical care in complex humanitarian settings. In Kenya, she has contributed to improved access to pediatric surgical care by leveraging technology and community health workers as powerful forces for the early detection and referral of children in need of life saving surgical care. In Turkana, Kenya, she is mobilizing women leaders to tackle the persistently elevated maternal mortality that is disproportionately affecting adolescent girls. These activities are key to the global conversations on health leadership as a mechanism for improved health, social cohesion, and inclusive economic development.

She is Founding Director of the Surgical Systems Research Group based in Kisumu, Kenya. She is committed to global health equity and improving access to surgical care as a pathway to rapidly achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. She is actively involved in the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery. She is committed to youth in Africa and recently launched leadership training bootcamps for young girls aspiring to be leaders in health, technology, and science. There are plans to hold these leadership training bootcamps in Kakuma in 2020. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017, and was recently appointed as the focal point for the World Health Organization Programme in Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. She is currently leading a Wellcome Trust funded integrated community and health systems based COVID -19 health intervention in Siaya, Kenya. She is currently leading the establishment of the first pediatric surgical operating room in a refugee camp in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Piia-Noora Kauppi

Managing Director, Finance Finland, Finland

Managing Director of Finance Finland since 2009. Member of the Board of Directors & Chairman of the Audit Committee, UPM Kymmene plc, Board member of Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau. Member of the Board of Trustees of Helsinki Deaconess Institute and HSE Foundation. Member of the European Parliament 1999–2008, Head of the Finnish Delegation in the EPP-ED Group 2004–2008. President of the European Banking Industry Committee EBIC 2010-2011. Chairman of the European Banking Federation Executive Committee 2014-2015.
Mrs Kauppi is married to Mr. Jussi Antero Järvinen (Partner, KPMG Finland) with four children, born in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2017. On her freetime she loves skiing, running and triathlon.

Valerie Keller

Co-Founder, IMAGINE, United Kingdom

Imagine Co-Founder and CEO, Valerie helps leaders use their power for good. With deep expertise in transformation, she helps global corporations become purpose-led and future-fit -- and convenes cross-sector coalitions to accelerate tipping points for humanity’s Global Goals.



Valerie is an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School where she directs executive education programs.

Founder of Veritas and of Beacon Institute, she served as EY Global Markets Executive Director and CEO of US-based social enterprises addressing homelessness, healthcare and housing.

She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board.

Niki Kerameus

Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, Greece

Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.

Georges Kern

Chief Executive Officer, Breitling SA, Switzerland

Georges Kern studied Political Science in Strasbourg, France, and graduated in Business Administration
from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. He acquired experience in the fast-movingconsumer-goods
sector at Kraft Foods Switzerland before moving into the watch industry at TAG Heuer.

In 2000, he joined Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, and was active in the integration of
the brands A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen following their acquisition.
In 2002, at the age of 36, he became the youngest CEO within Richemont when he was chosen to
run IWC Schaffhausen. In 2017, he was promoted to Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital
at Richemont and focused on supervising the Specialist Watchmaking Maisons.

In 2017, Georges Kern was appointed the new CEO of the independent watch company Breitling
SA, where he is also a shareholder. In his new position, Georges Kern’s mission is to foster the
global development of one of the world’s most established watch manufacturers, and to focus on
further developing Breitling’s digital and retail footprint, in particular with a view to accelerating
growth in the important Asian markets.

Georges Kern served as a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum from
2005 to 2010, and became Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Zurich in 2011.